Hello My Tribe is a community focused on the wellbeing of women and mothers. Utilizing mixed media combined with in-person experiences, Hello My Tribe brings three big beliefs to life. 1) Motherhood is a team sport. 2) Women deserve more. 3) A woman/mother’s health and wellness should be a top priority.
In addition to absolute love, happiness, and easy bonding, my transition into motherhood included a deep sense of isolation, loneliness, and exhaustion. I experienced an identity crisis as I shifted from a thriving career to staying home with my baby. And with the day-to-day demands of being a mother, my own needs naturally took a back seat. I felt really confused and misunderstood by my opposing feelings about motherhood.
Looking back, I needed more of everything as a mom – more support, more community, more information, and more opportunity.
Through these experiences, I wanted to learn and understand more. Three big findings came out of my research. 1) I was not alone in my experiences. 2) Every possible tool and resource existed for the baby, but there was a total lack of attention on the woman. 3) Maternal health in the US and around the world was failing women.
Alex Winkelman Zeplain began her career in philanthropy while receiving her BA from St. Edward’s University studying Social Entrepreneurship. By the age of 25, Alex had built a community of thousands and was responsible for raising millions of dollars for charity through her non-profit Citizen Generation and volunteer roles that she took on.
Her work gained much respect in Austin and led to her to a seat on top nonprofit boards and a Mayor’s council, being the youngest recipient of the St. Edward’s Alumni Achievement Award, and being the youngest Women of Distinction from Girl Scouts of Central Texas.
In 2014, Alex took a step back from her career to focus on her pregnancy and being a mother. It didn’t take long for Alex to jump back in, though. Through her own personal journey into motherhood that included an identity crisis, postpartum struggles, and an autoimmune disease diagnosis, Alex’s eyes were opened to the many issues facing women and mothers today in the United States. Inspired to create change, Alex launched Hello My Tribe, a digital platform and community focused on maternal health.